Missouri Prairies en Plein Air: M. Shawn Cornell

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November 20, 2015 @ 4:00 pm – January 9, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

M. Shawn Cornell is a plein air painter by the strictest terms. He completes all paintings 100% on location — no indoor touch-up. Neither cutting edge nor deep in metaphorical meaning, his paintings are scenes and stories about brief moments he experiences and witnesses during his excursions. Painting ‘en plein air’ is more than creating two-dimensional representations. “It’s companionship as my wife illuminates the canvas with a flashlight, so I can paint the full moon. It’s sharing a thermos of hot-cheesy tomato soup with my dad while we paint a frozen, snow covered stream. It’s spending time to see the extraordinary in things many would label as ordinary. It’s a brief moment of life captured on canvas.”
Shawn Cornell describes his paintings as “simple stories”. The St. Louis, Missouri artist says his works “are neither cutting edge nor deep in metaphorical meaning, they’re simply stories about brief moments that I experience and witness during my excursions…Hopefully, these stories connect with the viewer, sparking a fond memory, a sense of familiarity or a bit of humor.” The exhibition will consist of 125 paintings documenting aspects of Missouri’s prairies throughout all four seasons, in a variety of weather conditions, times of day and night, along with images of controlled prairie burns, local prairie rehab projects, close-up intimate scenes and the vast panoramic views the prairies have to offer.

The public is invited to meet the artist at an Opening Reception on Friday, November 20th from 4-7 pm. There is no charge to attend the reception.